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 ECAO NEWS


ECAO Virtual Social
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ECAO’s first Virtual Social was a big hit. While we all had some competitive fun between our virtual teams for the Trivia Battle, the live music from Jason McCoy and Gordie Johnson were the main events. We were pleased to support these artists, many who have had to stop touring and performing live during the pandemic. There were many creative/unique mask ideas for the Best Mask Contest but our judges picked the 2 winners below. Mike Leone and Dave Graham. We look forward to meeting face to face next year.

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ECAO Annual General Meeting (AGM)
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ecao1230920.pngThis year’s AGM had a strong turnout of ECAO members in attendance, virtually. Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Monte McNaughton opened up the meeting to provide updates on initiatives his Ministry launched to help keep the Ontario Construction Industry remain strong and an essential service during and after the Pandemic. Executive Director, Graeme Aitken, reviewed the results of this year’s ECAO Strategic Plan. Based on the recommendations made in the Strategic Plan, ECAO has announced its new Mission and Vision statements below:

ECAO Mission
To create a community of electrical and communications contractors that band together for support and advancement of the electrical/communications industry in Labour, Government and Public Relations.

ECAO Vision
To differentiate ECAO contractors and their IBEW partners across Ontario as being industry leaders in delivering safe, stable, predictable, high quality electrical/communications construction and maintenance services.


ECAO Award Winners 
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DJB Wright Award
President Brad Walker presented this year’s DJB Wright Award to Fred Black, Adcoa Holding Inc. Fred has spent his entire career in the electrical contracting industry and over the last 10 years Fred has represented the ECAO on numerous industry and electrical trade committees. Fred is most recently known for his work in building the Certi-Fire Program with ECAO and the IBEW CCO.

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Tom McKay, ECAO Director Health and Safety announced the following 2019 R.H. Carroll Safety Awards:

RATE GROUP 704

  • Rogol Electric Company Limited (Under 50,000 Hours)
  • Procon Construction Inc. (50,001- 200,000 Hours)
  • Mellon Inc. (200,001- 500,000 Hours)
  • Black and McDonald Limited, Scarborough (Over 500,000 Hours)

RATE GROUP 830

  • Black and McDonald Limited, Southern Ontario Utilities (Over 50,000 Hours)

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ECAO 2020 Scholarship Winners
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ecao422092020.jpgGraeme Aitken announced this year’s ECAO Scholarship recipients:

Claudia Piticaru- Alltrade Industrial Contractors

Thomas Macdonald- Black & McDonald

Arrah Patel - E.S.Fox Limited

Benjamin Piticaru- Alltrade Industrial Contractors


 UPCOMING WEBINARS


Certi-Fire Fire Alarm & Protection Certification Program - Distant Learning Level 5 (Recertification) Course
CERTI-FIRE

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Did you notice your Certi-Fire credentials have expired or are about to expire? Under the agreement with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office, the Certi-Fire Fire Alarm Certificate must be renewed every five years. We strongly encourage you to make arrangements to renew and keep your certificate at current. The Distant Learning Level 5 (Recertification) Course will be commencing on Thursday October 1, 2020. The course will start at 6:30 in the evening. Participants are required to have an internet connection in order to attend the course via “Go to Meeting”. They can connect through a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and microphone. Last chance for registration!!

Distant learning will benefit you remotely to continue study in the comfort of your own safe environment, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic. As time is money, you can also save your commute time traveling if you have a restricted schedule or live too far from a Local Training Hall. If you would consider taking the Distant Learning course, please contact our Certi-Fire Program Administrator at contactus@certifire.org or 1-800-387-3226 for more information.


Preventing Racism & Discrimination on the Job Site- Norm Keith Webinar Thursday October 15, 10:00 am.
CERTI-FIRE

Join us for the second of a series of webinars from Norm Keith, Partner with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.

This Webinar will help ECAO members address the important and timely challenge of preventing and responding to racism and other forms of human right violations and a harassment in the workplace. We will cover the legal framework under the OHSA, the Human Rights Code, and the Criminal Code that prohibit and address racism and human rights violations. We will also cover the importance of a clear policy, information and instruction, equipped and effective supervision essential to prevent racism and human rights violations on the job.

Zoom meeting details below:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82026585393

Meeting ID: 820 2658 5393
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+1 647 374 4685 Canada
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 INDUSTRY NEWS


Melissa Young Appointed to Skilled Trades Panel
NEWSROOM ONTARIO

ecao522092020.jpgMelissa Young, Executive Director, National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO), has been appointed by Minister McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, to the new Skilled Trades Panel. This panel is tasked with transitioning from the Ontario College of Trades.

The National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO) is an industry-funded, not-for-profit organization that serves the industry by providing workforce development leadership on the Red Seal national standards program, apprenticeship, and promoting life-long learning within the electrical trade.


    Canadian Construction Association (CCA) awards nomination
    CONSTRUCT CONNECT

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    The CCA has announced it will soon accept nominations for their 2020 CCA National Awards. You can view last year’s winners here 2019 award recipients.

    With nine award categories, CCA is pleased to present all its membership with a wide array of opportunities to showcase the incredible work that is being done across Canada.

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    Canadian Build Design Conference Virtual October
    NEWSROOM ONTARIO

    The Canadian Design-Build Institute (CDBI) will be holding a virtual conference on October 22, 28 and 29. This is an opportunity to learn best practices for progressive design-build projects that can impact the construction industry.

    The virtual conference will offer three separate half-day sessions for attendees to choose from including an overview of progressive design-build, a day dedicated to owners as well as an expert panel on mastering design-build best practices. All sessions will be held between 1:00 – 3:00 pm (ET) on October 22, 28 and 29.

    Click here to view session descriptions.

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    Ajobo keen to lead EllisDon anti-racism alliance
    CONSTRUCT CONNECT

    ecao922092020.jpgEllisDon has tapped engineer Samuel Ajobo, an estimator with the firm, to lead its new Alliance of Black Employee Experience and Leadership (ABEEL).

    It’s a role Ajobo, taught to support those in need in the Christian tradition growing up in Nigeria and with social activist instincts honed as a poverty volunteer through his church in the GTA, says he is ready and eager to take on.

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      Ontario reopens apprenticeship and trade-related exam centres
      THE REVIEW

      ecao1022092020.jpgThe Ontario government has gradually reopened all 24 provincial centres for apprenticeship and trade-related certifications, based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and provincial health authorities. Apprentices and skilled tradespeople can now book their final exams at their local apprenticeship office, helping to streamline our process and reducing paper submissions. 

      The ministry is drawing on its partnerships with external training delivery agents, such as unions and colleges, to help alleviate the accumulated backlog by providing space to host exams. Since exam sittings gradually resumed, starting on August 10, there have been five sessions scheduled at partner sites, while more than 600 exams have been written at ministry exam centres.

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      ESA Launches New Plan Review Online Portal
      ELECTRICAL SAFETY AUTHORITY (ESA)

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      On September 14 the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) announced the official launch of their Plan Review Portal. The new portal will provide more options for our customers and eliminate the need for electronic plans to be printed and sent in

      Plan review for a proposed electrical installation is a review and audit for compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. Starting on September 14, 2020, plan review documents can be filed electronically. Existing ESA customers can email the ESA Plan Review department at: plan.review@electricalsafety.on.ca, indicating the name, email address and phone number of the individual they would like to be setup as their Electronic Plan Review online account Administrator.

      Read the full announcement here.

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      Government called upon to speed up utility locate responses
      BRADFORD TODAY

      The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) and its stakeholders are calling on the province to speed-up utility locate responses in Ontario.

      A brief outlining six measures to improve the Ontario One Call system was sent recently to the offices of Premier Doug Ford and to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services, as well as 19 MPPs who are on the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

      “Contractors across the province are trying to catch-up with the backlog caused by COVID-19 and this heightened activity has resulted in an increase in demand for utility locates in many municipalities,” says RCCAO executive director Andy Manahan. This has been a chronic issue as contractors have complained for years that there are long delays for utilities such as gas companies and telecommunications firms to provide markings of where their underground services are located.

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      IBEW in Thunder Bay certified to train cabling trade
      WSIB

      ecao1322092020.jpgIBEW LOCAL 402 — Apprentices enrolled in the IBEW network cabling specialist program at the Local 402 training centre in Thunder Bay, Ont. will be taking a combined 4,600 hours of training including two classroom sessions of 300 hours each. Pictured, an NCS training session.

      The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is advancing with the times in Ontario with three locals now approved to train apprentices in a new trade, the network cabling specialist (NCS).

      IBEW Local 402 based in Thunder Bay received word directly from Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton Aug. 21 that it had been certified as an NCS trainer, joining IBEW Local 353 in Toronto and Local 105 in Hamilton.

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      Ontario Set to Employ the Largest Number of Labour Inspectors in Provincial History 
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      New Inspectors will help Keep Workers Safe on the Job during COVID-19 

      TORONTO - The Ontario government is launching a recruitment campaign to increase its team of frontline health and safety inspectors by 98 and help ensure workplaces across the province are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With these new hires, there will be more labour inspectors on the ground than ever before in the province's history.

      "Our government is taking the steps necessary to protect Ontario workers on the job and keep our economy on the road to full recovery," said Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton. "By adding more inspectors to our team, we can respond faster to situations as they arise and help make sure that every office, plant, store and job site in this province is safe, during COVID-19 and beyond.
      The new inspectors will play a key role in protecting workers by checking and enforcing that workplaces are following occupational health and safety legislation. The will have broad powers to:

      • inspect any workplace and ensure they have COVID protections in place;
      • investigate any potentially hazardous situation, critical injury, fatality and work refusal;
      • order compliance with the legislation;
      • stop unsafe work from being performed; and
      • recommend and initiate prosecutions.

      Between March 11 and September 8, 2020, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development inspectors conducted 19,411 inspections and investigations related to COVID-19 and issued 16,520 orders while on those visits.

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